CM Devendra Fadnavis approves extension of Akola, Shirdi Airport Airstrips

Shirdi Airport Airstrips

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday directed officials of Maharashtra Airports Development Company (MADC) to extend airstrip of Greenfield International Airport at Shirdi from existing 2500 metres to 3200 metres. Fadnavis took review status of airports including Amravati, Solapur and Chandrapur apart from Shirdi. He also instructed runway extension of Akola airport.

In a meeting of board of directors of MADC, Fadnavis also reviewed progress of UDAN – the regional connectivity scheme (RCS) of airports.
He also ordered setting up of a Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) cell in the Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC). MADC is a Special Purpose Company (SPC) constituted in 2002 by the state government to play a lead role in the planning and implementation of the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) project.

MADC is also supposed to take up development of other airports in the state not managed by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Indian Air Force (IAF) in order to provide air connectivity between district headquarters and state capital, Mumbai. Fadnavis chaired 62nd meeting of the board of directors of Maharashtra Airport Development Company Ltd (MADC) at Mantralaya, Mumbai this afternoon. Amravati, Gondia, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nanded, Nasik, Solapur, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg comes under RCS.

He approved commercial complex at the Multi-modal International Cargo Hub and Airport at Nagpur (MIHAN) and appointment of consultant for the same. Development of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) campus in MIHAN, central facility building phase-2 in MIHAN, construction of approach road to Nagpur Ring Road and rehabilitation of Project Affected Persons (PAPs) also got discussed in this meeting.